Harford County Joins Maryland Rural Counties Coalition

Harford County is in a 'unique position,' according to the coalition.

Harford County is in a unique position with its blend of urban and rural communities, the Rural Counties Coalition said.
Harford County is in a unique position with its blend of urban and rural communities, the Rural Counties Coalition said.
The coalition of rural counties in Maryland just got bigger.

This week Harford County Executive David Craig joined the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition as an associate member, bringing the coalition's membership to 11 counties, according to a statement from the coalition.

Allegany, Caroline, Carroll, Cecil, Dorchester, Frederick, Harford, Kent, Somerset, Washington and Wicomico Counties are members of the organization, representing 1.2 million Marylanders, the statement said.

The group formed in December 2011 to help strengthen the jurisdictions' standing in Annapolis, according to the statement.

"Rural Maryland often finds itself at a strategic disadvantage from policy decisions made by the Maryland General Assembly," Harford County Executive David Craig said in prepared remarks. "Our intent is to help balance the decision-making process in Annapolis so rural Maryland’s interests are strengthened and equated to the interests of non-rural Maryland. This can only be accomplished by working together in partnership through a strong alliance between Maryland’s rural counties.” 

The coalition said that Harford County is in a unique position as a member of the “Big 7” in Maryland—one of the seven largest jurisdictions in the state, alongside five counties and Baltimore City. The statement said the county is a "very diverse jurisdiction which is both rural and urban, and will provide a very distinctive perspective for the Maryland Rural Counties Coalition."

Harford County made the decision not to join as full members of the coalition, according to Harford County Deputy Chief of Staff Ben Lloyd.

"Being in the Big 7 is very advantageous for us, and we would not want to put that status in question by joining as full members," Lloyd said. "At the same time, we are proud to have a strong agricultural economy and 47,000 acres of permanently preserved farmland—placing us in the top 10 out of over 3,000 counties nationwide. In addition, we have a large proportion of the land area in the county that is served by well and septic, which puts us on common ground with the other rural counties in Maryland."


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